NNSA establishes partnership to accelerate key artificial intelligence computing initiatives

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced a strategic partnership agreement with SambaNova Systems to accelerate key artificial intelligence (AI) computing initiatives.

The cornerstone of this partnership agreement is the acquisition of multiple SambaNova DataScale systems, deployed at each of the aforementioned NNSA Laboratory facilities. SambaNova DataScale is a complete dataflow system featuring the SambaFlow software stack and the world’s first Reconfigurable Dataflow Unit (RDU), the SambaNova Systems Cardinal SN10 RDU. The RDU is a next generation computing processor designed from the ground up for efficiently running dataflow workloads such as AI. Each system is built with eight RDUs and is designed for efficient deep-learning inference and training calculations.

Each SambaNova Systems RDU can support multiple simultaneous jobs or work seamlessly with the other RDUs to enable large model execution, leveraging the SambaFlow software stack to efficiently map a model’s dataflow across the RDUs to minimize communication requirements.

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